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Daily valet service coming to downtown Aspen

December 12, 2018 — Daytime valet parking is coming to downtown Aspen in an effort to free up spaces in the commercial core during peak times. The service, offered by the city of Aspen's new provider, Ameristar Parking Solutions (APS), will begin Friday, said Mitch Osur, the city's director

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City asks last-minute for housing authority to partner to get tax exempt status

December 11, 2018 — The city of Aspen and its development partner in three affordable-housing projects received a heavy dose of criticism Tuesday for attempting to, at the eleventh hour, pull in the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority as an operating partner so they can benefit from its nonprofit status

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Aspen City Council commits $4.3M to Aspen Mountain base redevelopment

December 11, 2018 — The majority of Aspen City Council late Monday night agreed to put in $4.36 million as part of a public-private partnership with developers who are proposing to redevelop the western portal at the base of Aspen Mountain. The 3-2 decision came at around midnight, with

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City of Aspen slams on brakes with Lyft contract

December 10, 2018 — After hearing harsh criticism from the local ground transportation community, Aspen City Council on Monday scrapped an $800,000 contract with Lyft to provide multimodal transit services next year as part of the city's mobility lab. "I've never heard so much objection to something that City

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Developer to city of Aspen: $150M in tax revenue to come in if base of mountain is redeveloped

December 10, 2018 — More than $150 million in tax revenue would come into the city of Aspen over the next three decades if Lift One Lodge is approved at the base of Aspen Mountain's west side, the developer of the project estimates. That potential economic boon to the

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Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning running for council seat

December 10, 2018 — Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning has announced her candidacy for City Council, which if elected, will force her to resign from her paid position in the spring. Manning has stepped down as the city's designated election official and will only carry out city clerk duties,

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Survey says Aspen’s affordable housing program meets residents’ needs; issues identified in aging program

December 7, 2018 — The results of a recent survey of homeowners in the local affordable-housing program show that the aging system has some big issues that need to be dealt with in order to support the community's workforce into the future. People opined on everything from how homeowners

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Aspen developer held to housing employees in redeveloped building

December 5, 2018 — Developer Mark Hunt was denied last week by the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board on his request to replace four affordable apartments offsite from his commercial building on Hopkins Avenue. Hunt, who is preparing to redevelop the commercial building at 517 E. Hopkins Ave., told

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City of Aspen, developers squabble over who should pay for new mountain base development

December 4, 2018 — Negotiations between the city of Aspen and developers wanting to build lodges and a new ski lift at the base of Aspen Mountain have gotten tense over how much public money should go toward the project. Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron made it clear Monday night

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Public shows support for redevelopment of Aspen Mountain

December 3, 2018 — There is community support for the city of Aspen to financially contribute to the redevelopment of Aspen Mountain's western portal, based on public comment during Monday's review of the Lift One corridor proposal. A half-dozen people spoke in front of Aspen City Council in favor

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Aspen’s housing board forces two to sell homes for breaking rules

November 30, 2018 — After making emotional pleas to continue to live in their deed-restricted homes, two individuals in separate cases were told earlier this week by the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board to sell their homes. During Wednesday's enforcement hearing, the board found that Randy Placeres and Eric

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Skico to be audited for employees in years to come

November 29, 2018 — Aspen Skiing Co. will be audited on the number of employees it needs to run its expanded operations on Aspen Mountain once they are functional. Spurred by Skico's updated mountain master plan, the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board recommended Wednesday night that Skico be audited

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Aspen shifts into mobility lab app

November 28, 2018 — A key component of the city of Aspen's $2.5 million mobility lab aimed at reducing 800 cars from coming into town on a daily basis was rolled out Wednesday with a new app that gives incentives to motorists. "It's frequent flier miles for ground transportation,"

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Councilwoman Ann Mullins announces bid for Aspen mayor

November 27, 2018 — Aspen City Councilwoman Ann Mullins will run for the mayor's seat this winter, she announced Tuesday. "I look forward to the upcoming campaign; the healthy discussions with the other candidates that I am aware of and the candidates that will emerge; the forums; the news

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Aspen’s elected officials take deeper dive into financials on mountain base development proposal

November 26, 2018 — Aspen's elected officials expressed sticker shock Monday when they were presented with nearly $8 million in costs that the public would be burdened with if developers rebuild the base of Aspen Mountain. Council's meeting Monday was the second public review of the Lift One Lodge

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World Cup blues: Thanksgiving in Aspen isn’t the same without ski racing

November 23, 2018 — This holiday weekend marks the third consecutive year that Aspen is not hosting the FIS Ski Women's World Cup races, and it will be several years before it's even a possibility again. What's hanging in the balance is the public's approval of a redevelopment plan

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Private club executive at Snowmass cited for harassing text messages

November 20, 2018 — A manager within the Aspen Skiing Co. is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly harassing a former co-worker at the Roaring Fork Club and threatening to prevent him from working in the private club industry. Greg DeRosa, who is the project manager at Skico's new

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Aspen Skiing Co. buying land for more employee housing

November 19, 2018 — Aspen Skiing Co. is under contract to buy a piece of land in the midvalley to build multi-family housing for its employees. That was the news delivered Monday by David Corbin, Skico's vice president of planning, to Aspen City Council as part of the company's

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Aspen’s housing program holding scofflaws accountable, focusing on compliance cases

November 18, 2018 — With the creation of an enforcement position within the local housing authority earlier this year, all but a dozen or so compliance cases remain out of the 150 that were active when Bethany Spitz took the job almost four months ago. "It's huge," she said

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Cigarette advertising lights up conversation about Aspen’s ski pass art

November 17, 2018 — Local reaction was mixed on opening day to the Aspen Skiing Co.'s unusual lift ticket design, which features text from old cigarette advertisements. As part of Skico's "Art in Unexpected Places," the ticket design is the work of artist Hank Willis Thomas and is a

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